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Timber is a £10bn supply chain, and a globally traded commodity which connects the UK to the world. The statistics and insight we have compiled below show timber imports and exports in the UK, and connects them with building sites through statistics from the Construction Products Association.

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Latest Monthly Report

March 2021

Demand for timber and panel products in Q1 2021 was at its highest since the previous high for a first quarter in 2007. Just short of 3 million m3 for the quarter, volume was 23% higher than in Q1 2020.


When comparing January-March 2021 with January-March 2020, the statistics revealed that among the individual product categories:


– Softwood imports rose by + 31.0%% (1,894,000m3).
– Hardwood imports decreased by – 7.2% (117,000m3).
– All plywood imports grew by + 10.0% (426,000m3).
– Particleboard imports fell by – 7.1% (159,000m3).
– OSB imports rose by + 74.1%% (141,000m3).
– MDF import volumes increased by +9.3% (202,000m3)


Exclusively to TTF members, the full monthly report highlights the stories behind these statistics, including a focus on panel product imports over the last five years.

Timber Supply Statistics Dashboard

Want to take a closer look at the data? This interactive dashboard from the Timber Trade Federation and TimberTrends allows you to analyse timber imports into the UK, including the value, cubic metres, and country of despatch, through data over a four year period. Use the tabs, and arrows at the bottom of the table, to changes pages and access different sets of data, whether you want to look specifically into softwoods, hardwoods, different types of ply, OSB, or MDF, and either total imports, or the largest sources of despatch of these products to the UK.

Construction Market Statistics

Learn the latest statistics from the construction markets. Whether you want to look at the overall picture, are looking for a sector specific breakdown, or are looking for forecasts, our members are able to access a wealth of information through the Construction Products Association.

Weekly briefing

Get the latest update on the key issues effecting the UK economy and construction with the CPA’s weekly briefing.

CPA Industry Scenarios

Gain insight into the current state and future of the UK construction industry with the CPA’s quarterly forecast.

Construction Trade Survey

 Learn the state of the market with the CPA’s quarterly, pan-industry assessment of conditions within construction.

Statistics Articles

Check out our statistics articles. The experts at the Timber Trade Federation are here to help, providing regular articles, blogs and think pieces highlighting important data, and showcasing the state of the market.